Moon Iron & Steel commissions SMS group with the supply of a complete minimill

Oman-based Moon Iron & Steel Co. S.A.O.C. (MISCO) has contracted SMS group to build a new rebar production minimill. The new steel complex, the first of its kind in the Middle East region, is being built in Sohar Industrial Estate, Sultanate of Oman, and operation will commence in 2018.The steelworks, featuring a 140-t AC electric arc furnace, a 140-t ladle furnace, and a five-strand continuous billet caster, is able to produce 1.2 million tons per year of billets, out of which 1.1 million tons per year are rolled into rebars from eight to 40 millimeters. The fully-continuous rolling line is equipped with fourteen stands arranged in horizontal and vertical configuration followed by two high-speed finishing blocks with six “V” type mill stands each. The roughing and intermediate trains are designed as HL housingless stands. The “V” blocks are specifically designed for highly efficient and productive finish-rolling of rebars up to 50 meters per second. The high-speed delivery system HSD® enables to roll material at speeds of 41 meters per second.

“Paramount among the requirements were the lowest possible energy consumption as well as minimal emissions”, said Mr. Sasikumar Moorkanat, MISCO CEO. The response to this challenge is SMS group developed CMT® mill (Continuous Mill Technology). CMT® has taken the basic minimill concept one step forward: The direct linking of the rolling mill with the steelworks guarantees short distances. Rolling takes place without time lag by exploiting the casting heat. CO2-intensive reheating furnaces can be dispensed with. Instead of an oil- or gas-fired furnace, an inductive heating system is employed. This system does not reheat the billets but only equalizes the temperature profile. The induction heater gives you perfect control of the starting temperature for the rolling mill – according to the billet speed. This solution requires much lower investment costs. By eliminating the complete reheating stage, energy costs and the impact on the environment are markedly reduced.

Furthermore, SMS group supply covers also the complete electrical and automation package that includes Level-1 and Level-2 process control. In addition to seamlessly integrating the process functional units, with the implementation of the state-of-the-art process solutions already highlighted, the automation system will allow MISCO to meet all possible market demands with built-in capabilities for plant-wide production planning, scheduling, tracking and reporting.

Source: SMS group

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STEEL PRICES RISE IN EMERGING MARKETS BUT BUYERS REMAIN CAUTIOUS

According to MEPS International Ltd, the Brazilian steel industry has struggled to adapt to the unpredictable business environment. Bearish distributors plan to persevere with conservative purchasing strategies, in November, citing price volatility and weak economic fundamentals.

Russian steel producers are divided over the prospects for domestic steel consumption in the final trimester of 2016. Predictably, distributors and end-users are reluctant to commit to forward orders. Long products’ steelmakers have downgraded their November basis quotations, as a result.

Indian brokers are optimistic that sales volumes will improve after the festival season (October to November). These firms are booking for immediate requirements only, due to continuing price fluctuations. General sentiment regarding the new minimum import price mandate and provisional safeguard duties are unchanged. The measures have been held responsible for the latest price initiative undertaken by primary steelmakers.

Business confidence remains unsettled in Turkey. Local service centres are extremely reluctant to purchase material in, what they deem as, precarious trading conditions.

Price volatility continues to hamper sales volumes in the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, state-funded construction and infrastructure activity remains sparse. Despite this, Emirati rolling mills opted to, marginally, increase their selling figures for November production, amidst the higher cost of key steelmaking raw materials and reduced price competition from foreign suppliers.

Mexican service centres have, once again, started to query whether the latest domestic price levels are supported by market and economic fundamentals. Several buyers are forecasting additional price concessions from domestic suppliers next month.

Source: MEPS – Developing Markets Steel Review – October Edition

Primetals Technologies to modernize flat rolling block for Böhler Edelstahl in Austria

  • Plant to be fitted with new automation and drives technology
  • Further improvements to availability and product quality
  • New technology will increase energy efficiency and cut maintenance costs
  • “RollMaster” to handle generation and management of pass schedules

Primetals Technologies has won an order from Böhler Edelstahl GmbH & Co KG (Böhler Edelstahl), a company of the Special Steel Division of voestalpine, to modernize the flat rolling block at its Kapfenberg plant in Austria. The plant will be equipped with a new drives- and automationsystem. The “RollMaster”, specially developed for long product rolling mills, will handle the generation and management of the pass schedules. The project is designed to increase plant availability, improve product quality, boost energy efficiency and cut maintenance costs. Modernization work is scheduled to take place during a one-month plant shutdown mid-2017.

The flat rolling block consists of three horizontal and two vertical stands, and produces flat bars in widths ranging from 43 to 205 millimeters and in thicknesses from 4.5 to 86 millimeters. A hydraulic drive system and a now obsolete, proprietary automation system have been in use since commissioning in 1988. Spare parts supply and adequate servicing can no longer be ensured. Böhler Edelstahl therefore decided to ask Primetals Technologies to completely modernize the automation and drives system. In previous years, Primetals Technologies has equipped the continuous rolling mill in the multiline rolling mill and the roughing stand of the blooming mill with new automation and drives technology, and supplied new drives for the six-stand HV-combination mill.

Primetals Technologies will be supplying new main and auxiliary drives with Sinamics S120 frequency converters, a new operator control and monitoring system based on Simatic PCS7, and new main gearboxes. The elimination of the hydraulic systems will reduce maintenance costs and increase plant availability which, in turn, will boost the productivity of the rolling line. Energy requirements as well as the consumption of hydraulic oil and cooling water will fall substantially. In future the “RollMaster”, specially designed for long product rolling mills, will handle the generation and management of the pass schedules. This software is the link between the production planning system and the plant automation. Primetals Technologies will also handle engineering, manufacturing, commissioning and customer training.

Böhler Edelstahl employs more than 2,000 people, and produced some 162,000 metric tons of steel in fiscal 2016. The company specializes in the production of long products and open-die forgings made of tool steel, high-speed steel, special materials and nickel-based alloys. Böhler Edelstahl GmbH & Co KG was founded in 1991 and is a wholly owned subsidiary company of voestalpine Edelstahl GmbH.

Source: Primetals Technologies

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MEPS EU STEEL PRICE FORECAST

European flat products selling figures are expected to continue rising moderately, in the final trimester of the year. Local mills have hiked their offer prices because order books are reportedly full for the remainder of 2016. Furthermore, surging coking coal costs are exerting upward pressure on steel selling values. Moreover, supply from third country sources is limited, partially due to the implementation of antidumping duties.

MEPS forecasts relatively stable strip mill product prices in the early months of 2017. However, a negative trend is envisaged, by the beginning of the second quarter. Availability from domestic mills is likely to increase and imports should become more prevalent. Furthermore, raw material expenditure is expected to reduce in this period.

Source: MEPS – European Steel Review – October 2016 Issue

MEPS – COIL PRICES EXPECTED TO CONTINUE RISING IN NORDIC REGION

According to MEPS, business activity for hot rolled coil is stable across the Nordic region. The mills’ attempts to lift selling values were largely successful, in October. We expect that upward price pressure will be increased by the announcement of European Union antidumping measures against Chinese hot rolled coil and plate.

Consumption of hot rolled plate is quite weak. Demand from bus and truck manufacturers is good but the agricultural equipment and oil and gas sectors are not strong. Antidumping action against Chinese suppliers may introduce upward price pressure in the short term.

Western European mills report that their cold rolling schedules are full, through to the end of the year. This has helped producers in northern Europe secure increases. Delivery lead times are longer than usual.

Hot dipped galvanised material is in quite short supply. Consequently, the mills have managed to raise prices in October. Demand from car makers continues to be strong.

Purchasing activity for wire rod is slower than expected. However sellers are optimistic that demand will pick up in the near future. Producers from southern Europe have become more active in the market. Prices could slide further but no dramatic fall is anticipated.

Demand for structural sections is quite weak, for the time of year. Scrap costs are low. Beam prices continue to drop back, following the steep rise earlier in the year. Consumption by the construction sector is fair.

Consumption of rebar is reasonable. However, prices continue to fall steeply. Buyers speak of offers from new suppliers in Russia and Spain. This, combined with low scrap costs, is putting downward pressure on selling figures.

Source: European Steel Review Supplement – October Edition

SMS group received FAC from Daehan Steel for modernizing the VCC® line in its rebar rolling mill

SMS group received the FAC from Daehan Steel Co., Ltd. for the modernization of the existing shear no. 3 in the VCC®-line (Vertical Compact Coiler) of the rebar mill in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.The modernization project involved the replacement of the switch and the scrap guiding system of the existing shear no. 3 by new equip­ment. Thanks to a newly developed high-speed switch and the upgrade of the automation system, it was possible to implement head and tail end cropping at speeds of up to 35 meters per second with­out any major modification to the adjacent plant parts. The rolling mill supplied in 2011 was originally designed for maximum cropping speeds of 15 meters per second. Due to the modernization of the VCC®-line, Daehan Steel is now able to increase the throughput to 70 tons per hour.

For this plant the new switch was constructed and delivered in just five weeks and only three days were needed for subsequent assem­bly and commissioning. The solution based on the Plug & Work principle, the reduced investment costs and a short delivery time were decisive factors for the implementation of this project.

Source: SMS Group

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